Improving Quality of Care and Guideline Adherence for Asthma Through a Group Self-Assessment Module - American Board of Medical Specialties

This study aimed to assess whether the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM), Maintenance of Certification (MOC) for Family Physicians (MC-FP) group self-assessment modules may increase knowledge and adherence to asthma clinical guidelines. Researchers argued that while the adherence to the guidelines is low, improved compliance may raise the quality of care. Study results showed that both quality of asthma care and adherence to clinical guidelines improved as a result of participation in the group self-assessment activity. Quality measures, such as diagnosis by severity and use of action plans (except from prescribing of controlled medications), showed improvement six months after module completion. The knowledge and adherence to clinical guidelines increased immediately and was sustained at six months. While the study sample was limited to one state, and not all control group subjects finished the study, the results indicate that group self-assessment modules may be effective in improving adherence to clinical guidelines and improving quality of care.

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